Mobile Health Use Among Rural, Urban Health Clinics Low in 2013

May 15, 2015 in News

Urban and rural community health centers and clinics had low mobile health intervention adoption rates in 2013, according to a new survey by the Commonwealth Fund, MobiHealthNews reports.

The survey included responses from 181 facilities (Comstock, MobiHealthNews, 5/14). It largely focused on the use of mobile phones in clinical settings (Commonwealth Fund survey, 5/13).


Just 27% respondents said they used mobile phones in care delivery at the time of the survey.

Of those, 66% said they used mobile phones for appointment reminders.

Several organizations said they planned to eventually use mobile phones to support:

  • Chronic disease management;
  • Medication adherence; and
  • Smoking cessation.

The survey also found that 62% of respondents who used mobile phone interventions relied on their electronic health record systems to provide such capabilities.

Meanwhile, less than a quarter of respondents said they had partnered with other health care organizations to develop mobile phone interventions, while a similar number had developed their own.

According to MobiHealthNews, few organizations said they considered users when designing or developing mobile interventions.

Of the 173 respondents that identified specific barriers to adopting mobile phone interventions:

  • 94 cited a lack of outside funding sources;
  • 91 cited limited human and technical resources; and
  • 65 cited the process of integrating mobile health tools with EHRs and other health IT infrastructure (MobiHealthNews, 5/14).
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